Fujifilm X-S1 Review

Review posted 11/13/2012

Quick Take
  • 26x manual zoom lens
  • Very good image quality in almost all situations
  • Plenty of buttons for quick access to the features you need
  • Mode dial saves time when picking shooting modes
  • Popup flash provides excellent low-light photo quality
  • Included lens cap fits tightly to protect glass
  • LCD tilts to 90 degrees
  • Electronic viewfinder is a handy option
  • Camera performs quickly in nearly all instances
  • Several burst modes available
  • Hot shoe mount is included
  • Can select autofocus or manual focus
  • Control button layout is easy and comfortable to use
  • Battery life is outstanding
  • Separate battery charger included
  • HDMI slot included
  • AV and microphone ports are included
  • Supports shooting in RAW
  • Very sturdy camera build
  • Very expensive fixed-lens camera
  • Camera is extremely large and heavy
  • Beginning photographers may be confused by all of the options
  • Menu structure doesn't seem to have a lot of organization
  • Autofocus mechanism struggles to find the subject more often than it should for a camera in this price range
  • LCD has a little bit of a problem with glare
  • Although ISO up to 12,800 is available, highest ISO settings only can be used at limited resolutions
  • In movie mode, it's tough to hand hold the camera steady without a tripod
Bottom Line
When compared to the rest of the fixed-lens camera market, the Fujifilm X-S1 is simply one of the top models out there. Its large manually controlled zoom lens, fast response times, vibrant images, and extensive feature set easily place it near the top of the list of desirable fixed-lens digital cameras. Probably not too surprisingly, the X-S1 carries a really high suggested price tag, too, of around $800. Shop around, because if you can find the X-S1 at a price a bit below the suggested cost, it's well worth strong consideration. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
For 2012, FujiFilm has really brought out the 'big guns', as can be seen with the new X-S1. This model is a cross between their popular HS series of high-end super-zooms, and their newer X series of high-end dSLR-like cameras like the X100 and X10. The X-S1 brings a lot to the table, with exposure options to suit the needs of just about any level of photographer. From EXR Auto to full manual, the X-S1 has you covered. On top of this, the camera uses a larger (in consumer camera standards) 2/3", 12-megapixel EXR CMOS image sensor, which they promise will bring a high level of image quality with some help from the camera's FUJINON 26x optical zoom lens; which covers an impressive range of 24-624mm, with a maximum aperture range of f/2.8-5.6.

Other appealing features include a high resolution EVF, Fuji's all new "Intelligent 2x Digital zoom" (which doubles the X-S1's zoom capabilities with minimal sacrifices to resolution and image quality), true Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), up to 7fps burst mode shooting at full resolution (10fps at lower res), a heads up eye sensor for switching to the EVF, Full 1080p HD video at 30fps with stereo sound (h.265 format), RAW and JPEG image formats, and a Li-ion power source good for up to 500 shots on a single charge.

Fujifilm X-S1 Features:
  • 2/3", 12-megapixel EXR CMOS sensor
  • FUJINON 26x manual optical zoom lens (24-624mm; F2.8-F5.6)
  • EXR processor
  • 7fps burst shooting (at full res) or 10fps (at medium res)
  • 1.4 million dot electric viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3.0" tilting LCD display (with Monitor Sunlight Mode)
  • 1080p HD Movie Recording
  • 52x Digital Zoom with new 2x Intelligent digital zoom and optical zoom combined
  • Super Macro Mode (captures images as close as 1cm)
  • Wide Dynamic Range Mode (for bright conditions)
  • High Sensitivity & Low Noise Mode (for low light conditions)
  • EXR Auto mode, chooses from 59 scene settings and three sensor modes (High Reds, Dynamic, and signal to noise ratio)
  • Full Manual Controls
  • 4 auto bracketing options
  • 8 Film Simulation options
  • RAW shooting capability
  • ISO up to 12800 (JPEG only)
  • Motion Panorama 360°
  • Li-ion Rechargeable battery capable of 500 shots per charge

Fujifilm's X-S1 is available now, with a MSRP of $799.95 USD. See our Lowest Price button at the top right of this page for the best price currently online.

What's in the box?:
  • X-S1 camera body
  • NP-95 lithium-ion battery
  • BC-65N battery charger
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap and cord
  • Lens hood
  • USB cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Owner's manual

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